Reviews of DC Direct movies 'Batman: Under the Red Hood,' 'Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam,' and other recent shorts )

Because I can:
- Things making me annoyed this week, as I learn from a cis guy that 2010 is apparently the "Year of the Transsexual."
- Why I Don't Care That You're Not An Asshole, on the most important takeaway of the Haley Barbour mess.
One of the things you should know is that I have already made myself a "Bang Your Head On The Bedpost" and I'm pretty sure it's just going to go downhill from there. I have just finished Massive Paper #1 of finals week, and I have enough time left that I can celebrate by getting kind of tanked.

Also, my threshold for handling 30 minutes of the TLA movie looks to be about 4 months.

(As per the icon, please note that orgies are frowned upon.)

The Adventure Continues! Kind of. )

Part I.
Official Awesome Sentence I Wrote of the week: "There is absolutely no reason for anyone to need to know that there's a synthetic penis in my pants--and I assure you, fabulous as it is, it's not about to bring down a 747."
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Naochika Morishita's new artbook, Hagane Bito, is out, and it is glorious. Nothing but beautiful, high-detail mecha and toku art.

HQ Gundam images can be found here and here, with most of the toku images (most easily recognizable from the CardAss series) from scaned pages on Flickr.

Yes, I might be having a nerdgasm.

(Also, I have a date! For my letter! Finally!)
As it is a chilly 57°F outside, I turned on the heater in the car - such temperatures in early October are alien to me. This conversation ensues:

My Brain: Christmas!
Me: No, it's not.
My Brain: But! Heater! Cold! Christmas!
Me: Stop. That.
My Brain: :(
...Thanksgiving?
Me: NO.
My Brain: But, but, but! Heater!
Me: I give up.
So, I'm buried under work at the moment and very distinctly regretting making my SOC class project examining transmen's video diaries, in part because I want to be more AMS 'fuzzy feelings' than the social sciences like, but mostly out of the sheer amount of soul-crushing uniformity of narrative that's used--*even when* the person identifies as genderqueer before starting medical transition. And I have to watch *hours* of narrative.

I think it'll still become my thesis topic because it's largely unplowed ground, and we need trans scholars documenting trans experience, but DEAR GOD. It's visibility (after all, it shaped how Degrassi writes Adam), sure. But it's a terribly false sense of visibility.

But I did manage to get a post out about my childhood treasury of queerkid books, which was nice.

Sadly, I'm still looking for a copy of Am I Blue?.
arionhunter: (Rachel Maddow - Look Forward)
( Aug. 25th, 2010 02:57 pm)
[personal profile] brownbetty has a wonderful post on the construction of one's self-image as a young woman in society.

I'm mostly just posting to point people at it, because it's worth the read.
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arionhunter: (疲子英雄 - Stare)
( Aug. 23rd, 2010 07:22 pm)
Thoughts as they occur to me )

And it's at about this point where [personal profile] brownbetty and I started talking about why exactly the action in TLA fails, so chatlog break!

Includes basic visual theory, references sitcoms, comics, and why the Bayformers movies suck as action movies. )

And then I started the movie again, because I was committed to finishing this fucker.

Aaaauuugh. )

And now, because it is almost midnight here, I head to bed. I shall continue Wednesday night, where I hope to at least make it an hour in before taking a paring knife to the nearest fleshy object.
arionhunter: (ME2/Miranda - Back)
( Aug. 9th, 2010 04:59 pm)
So, for my third Mass Effect 2 playthrough, I decided about midway through fiddling with the character creation screen that I wanted to have a little fun (and make up some excuse for me to play an Infiltrator [sniper class] again).

Thus, I get very nerdy and created Oliver Shepard (nee Queen). Pretty sure I'm gonna end up romancing Miranda again, though if I'm playing Ollie, I really should romance either Tail or Jack. Both those romances skeeve me out, though.

Screenshots )
arionhunter: (ME2/Miranda - Side)
( Aug. 6th, 2010 02:55 pm)
- Apparently there's going to be a an Indian call center comedy in the fall lineup. I...wow. I can see that Fail Train a-chuggin' right into the station from miles away.
- Wonderful essay on how we collect media, hoard it, and then have to let it go.
- On Lady Cops and the Necessity of Sexiness. I have to hand it to Erin Gibson, she's getting better at this gig with each new "Modern Lady."
- There are gays in the Tea Party! A whole two of them!
- And because this is what happens when I can't move my energy into doing school-related stuff, a huge post on why Boys Don't Cry is extremely problematic.
arionhunter: (AYBS/Humphries - !)
( Aug. 4th, 2010 03:51 pm)
Much as I don't care about gay marriage, I'm celebrating: Prop 8's out, and in a big way. Decision's here, and it's a doozy. Walker's slammed them pretty much hardcore, taking out the defendants every argument with good legal backup.

Quotes from the decision. )

I COULD GO ON.

EDIT: I love NOM's response: "“Never in the history of America has a federal judge ruled that there is a federal constitutional right to same sex marriage. The reason for this is simple – there isn’t!” added Brown.

Taking the mature high road here, I see.
Facts Learned from The Internet: Mississippi buys more anal toys online than any other state. However, Alaska buys the most sex toys in all.
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arionhunter: (Lucas Silveira - Sing)
( Jul. 21st, 2010 01:35 am)
What happens when Natty Light enters my apartment. I swear this was neither intentional, nor do I remember putting it in the freezer.

So, there's going to be two, count 'em, two young trans men on English-language television next season. And none of them are played by Daniela Sea (much as I do like her)! One could call it an abundance, almost. The way the characters are framed, though, has some troubling implications.
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arionhunter: (Cat - Expectant)
( Jul. 2nd, 2010 08:23 pm)
Princess Prissy Fuzzy Wuzzybutt Lumpins (a.k.a Cat): Observe me as I recline on this delightfully comfortable tan rug of luxury. Bask in my enjoyment.
Me: Yes, I know you like sleeping on my pants, but I need to wear them, feline. Off.
PPFWBL: Behold as I mark them with my follicle excretions.
Me: That's fabulous. Off.
PPFWBL: What rough manners, sir!
Me: *begins scratching feline butt* Pants. Off.
PPFWBLL: *flops to other side of body* How dare you attempt to dislodge me from my royal reclining station by touching the royal petard!
Me: *bodily lifts Cat using pants* Off.
PPFWBL: *huffs, promptly flops onto other pants I have just discarded* Fine, I will settle for this lesser rug, in my royal graciousness ignoring the hole so clearly visible in the behind.
Me: Why thank you.
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A:TLA reviews are rolling in and it's bad. Bad, bad, bad. The range spans from middling to fucking brutal.

Bonus: Why I love Roger Ebert, the movie reviewer.


In this installment, Rick Barber begins to hallucinate even more dead historical figures to use as props in his ever-lengthening campaign to equate taxes and government programs with historical atrocities of increasing magnitude. Sure, he's already slipped in both slavery and the Holocaust, itself a pretty good twofer, but I'm sure he can manage a "financial regulation is to Americans as the Trail of Tears was to Native Americans" in there somewhere.

Also, guest starting Dale Peterson and his shotgun of Commie-killing, Republican-approved doom.

And in case you missed it, Last Week's Exciting Episode: Rick Barber fails his high school history exam!
A couple months ago, a lot of nerd blogs picked up on the Batman XXX trailer, which appeared slavishly faithful to the original show.

Having held a group showing of it last night, I can confirm that it is indeed fan-wet-dream slavish. In some ways insanely so. )

Otherwise, find a copy of the pornless cut. You lose around an hour of film, but what's left is quite funny and fairly SFW, considering its source.

Bonus Link: Village Voice Comic on Batman XXX and the allure of the nostalgia fetish.
arionhunter: (Rachel Maddow - Drink)
( Jun. 21st, 2010 02:56 pm)
So, I'm alive. Kinda. I'm in slow-boil mode, trying not to (and of course failing) freak out about moving and grad school. The apartment is getting packed up around me, but it's just...hard.

I had hoped to get caught up on W and finish Shinkenger, but I've pretty much put off toku for...no apparent reason. Instead, I've mostly been reading a lot of essay collections (Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Me of Little Faith, A Small Place), memoir (The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy, What Would Barbra Do?), and journalistic nonfiction (Pitch Perfect, Rapture Ready, Shaken and Stirred), hanging out with folks before I move, and playing way too many Bioware Games. Huge timesinks that they are, I've marathoned Mass Effect 1/2 and am still fiddling around with my third Dragon Age character. I'm probably going to have Assassin's Creed II finished before I move, if only because it feeds my perfectionist leanings.

Political Nerdery )

Links I like:
- In Which I Crash a Tea Party
- The Ultimate Box Set, sadly illegal to sell in Alabama
- Teaching science in facepaint for awesome
- For the Uninformed: Why I will Never Buy an Apple Product
- "Everybody Loves a Lesbian" is good enough that I actually want to see at least an episode of BBC3's "Mongrels"
- King Cockfight - Covering Alabama politics at its finest
Memo to the universe: if it is fermented and uses hops, it is beer. It does not matter if the base is rye, wheat, or raspberries, it. Is. Beer.

Framboise? Beer. Beer is not just crappy pale lagers, no matter how "natural."

Also, if you do not know what a specialty beer is, do not pretend you do. If it is manufactured by a major distributor and was not a small label purchased by said distributor within the past ten years, it is not a specialty beer.

You do not look smart for talking about this "amazing" specialty beer you found, which you finally remember as Shock Top. Shock Top is a good Belgian White, but it is not special. It is brewed and bottled by fucking Michelob. You do not look like you really know anything about beer. You just look silly.

You make my kitten-shaped, beer-loving soul cry.
Propose YOUR ideas for the Republican platform using the power of the tubes. (Some declogging charges may apply, as "a very high volume of Americans...speaking out right now" can make the site unavailable.)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) "personally traveled to Washington state and discovered a Microsoft program that helped NASA map the moon."

Moon software - always a good sign! However, given how often their site is going down, I;m not ecne sure Martian software could save all these valuable American ideas.

I gotta say, I'm totally down with the idea of testing teenagers for gayness and pedophilia with porn, and then sending the "pedos" to camps where "where all pedos are rounded up and contained for life."

Also, the oil slick is totally giving us super-dolphins! Thanks, BP!
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